News from our B Local PDX community of Certified B Corporations
Thank you to everyone who came to our June B Learning lunch at HUB, and special thanks to our speaker, Anais Tuepker, from 350PDX. We learned more about how B Corps can become involved in the organization's mission to "address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act," with a particular focus on the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
At our May B Learning Lunch, Heather Schrock joined us again at Hopworks for the second installment of her two-part series of talks on environmental footprint for business, this time on measuring a company’s water footprint. In her talk, Heather addressed some questions that companies face on the B Impact Assessment around measuring water usage, and actions that a company has taken to measure and reduce its water footprint.
Portland B Corp Fully has been honored with a 2018 Oregon Ethics in Business Award from the Rotary Club of Portland. These awards honor organizations & individuals who have demonstrated ethical business practice in its broadest interpretation: in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community. Two other B Corp representatives and past award recipients spoke on a special keynote panel: Deb Hatcher of A to Z Wineworks and Tom Kelly of Neil Kelly Company.
via B the Change: Northwest Permanente Is Expanding Its Worker-Ownership Opportunities, and It Revealed a Few (Good) Surprises
Our April B Learning Lunch was held on April 26, 2018. The topic was Carbon Footprinting & Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Business 101 with Heather Schrock, Environmental Products Representative, from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. In her talk, Heather demystified some questions taken directly from the B Impact Assessment around measuring your greenhouse gas emissions and figuring out carbon footprint. She also discussed carbon offsets and how they can be calculated.
via KATU News: Two wineries in the WIllamette Valley - Sokol Blosser and Stoller - were honored in Architectural Digest for their efforts to "save the planet."
via Portland Business Journal: 39 Oregon companies have joined the B Corps ranks since the beginning of 2016. Of the 1,961 B Corps, 85 are from Oregon, a staggering total for such a relatively small state. That's more than Florida, Illinois and Washington put together, as well as five times as many that are based in Texas. Meet the newest Oregon B Corps.
via Portland State University: As part of B Impact PSU, a program led by Portland State business students, soon-to-be MBAs consulted companies as they worked through the rigorous assessment required to obtain B Corp status.
via B the Change: When customers browsed the on-tap offerings at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon, during September and October, they found a drink they likely hadn’t heard of before: a hard cider called Cascara. The beverage was made with the dried husks of coffee cherries, which lended a complex, fruity flavor that was quite different from the flavor of coffee beans.